They sure do exhaust the heck out of you. It’s not the typical exhaustion from hours of class and then studying, but that excited type of exhaustion from having a constantly working mind when rounding and seeing patients, and trying your best to help them when they want it.
It’s a happy exhaustion.
Despite the drug seekers, the people who let themselves go, or those angry patients, it still feels… good. I’m getting to do what I’ve always wanted to do. Patient interaction takes a lot out of you, but it can be a great treatment. I’m still a novice physician in training, and everything’s still new to me, but I hope I never lose this sense of idealism and wonder.